Friday, May 22, 2015

Tutorial: Die Cut Window Card


Just in time for Memorial Day, see how Wendy made this gorgeous patriotic card!

Crafter's Companion supplies:



 Directions:


Step 1. Position nesting star dies. Apply washi (or other low tack) tape to the top of the dies to hold them in position.


Step 2. Adhere coordinating cardstock to your cardbase. Position dies in center and run through diecutting machine.


Step 3. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock. Color with Spectrum Noir markers (TB1, TB2, TB3, IB1). Adhere cardstock to the back of the card front, positioning the sentiment in the center of the die cut opening.

Step 4. Apply foam strips to the outline star die cut. Wrap twine around star. Adhere to the card.

Step 5. Diecut small stars, coat with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter. Adhere to card.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Video Tutorial: Coloring Florals with Spectrum Aqua Markers


Dana is back with another fantastic video tutorial. This time she's sharing how to color this cheerful card using Spectrum Aqua markers.

 Here are the Crafter's Companion US supplies:


And here is her fourteen-minute video:

   

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tutorial: Sidewalk Scene


See how Trena created this gorgeous scene with some of her favorite Crafter's Companion supplies!




Directions:


Step 1: Place the 'Perspectives' stencil over a per-scored. Secure it in place with a low tack tape and spritz with Fireworks Sprays (Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, Dandelion, Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly). Place another card over the stencil to pick up the extra ink creating the inverse - two for one!


Step 2: Turn the stencil over onto one of the scenes and spritz Fireworks sprays (Summer Sky) filling in the white spaces.


Step 3: Add a tree with the 'Summer Meadow' stencil and Fireworks sprays (Cottage Ivy).

TIP: After spraying, dab with a paper towel to create variation in color.

Step 4: Use a Sponge Dauber and Distress Ink pad (Chipped Sapphire) to fill in color on the birds from the stencil.


Step 5: Die cut the 'Ornate Garden Set' from Shimmering Cardstock (Pearl White). Add a little shading with Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencil 077, paper stumps, and blending solution.


Step 6: Adhere the cafe set to the front of the card, then trace it with a Spectrum Aqua marker (Navy) to add visual interest and highlight the dies.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tutorial: Carte Postale Frame


Stamps, ink, and cardstock are fo rso much more than just cards! See how Giovana created this lovely frame in her tutorial below.

Crafter's Companion US supplies:


Directions:


Step 1: Gather all your materials and get ready to stamp.


Step 2: Stamp "Carte Postale" image on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock in Versamark Watermark ink.


Step 3: Cover image with Light Blue Embossing Powder and heat set.


Step 4: Apply a smooth coat of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.


Step 5: Apply a second coat using Broken China Distress Ink.


Step 6: Finally apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Step 7: Your piece now looks like this, you can apply as little or as much ink as you want. TIP: I leave the stamped area a little bit lighter of Vintage Photo Ink.


Step 8: Stamp the border around the edges in Blue Hawaii StazOn and the other two images in Spiced Chai StazOn Midi Ink.


TIP: You can use this piece in a card, but also you can decorate your room with beautiful frame. I got this pretty frame at my local Goodwill for only 0.99 cents!!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tutorial: Kimono Oval Blossom Branch Easel Card


Shilpa, from the Die'sire team in the UK, has made a gorgeous easel card and created a tutorial for you to follow along with!

Crafter’s Companion US supplies:




Directions:


1) Create easel card base. (**Shimmering cardstock in White Pearl would work well in lieu of the Centura Pearl Shilpa used here).


2) Take an embossing folder, Blossom Branch, to emboss the top layer. To add color to my embossed top layer I’ve used a few (non-permanent) ink pads and gently inked up the top of my embossing folder. (We suggest the Memento Dew Drop ink pads!)


3) Run this through your machine and get a beautiful result. Wash your embossing folder in warm soapy water before doing anything else.


4) Stick the embossed layer onto the card front using Collal All-Purpose Glue (only stick the bottom half, as it’s an easel).


5) Print out the tag sheet (or any image of your choice from the CD-ROM). I used photo paper for a gloss look.


6) I have a wooden frame to frame my chosen image (you can use a fancy die-cut frame). Then color up the frame in a contrasting color.


7) Adhere the framed image on top of the card, using Collal Quick Dry Tacky Glue
.

8) To embellish the front of my card, I’ve used sections of a floral vine, a bow, a flat back pearl and a die-cut butterfly using Fluttering Butterfly die.

9) For the inside of the card I stamped a sentiment using the Porcelain stamp set. This will be the stopper for the easel.

10) Cut out the sentiment, mat and layer on colored card and embellish using flowers from the vine used earlier (or any flowers that coordinate).

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